bro

noun
\ ˈbrō How to pronounce bro (audio) \
plural bros

Definition of bro

1 informal : brother … Tommy has a worldview that's larger than his baby bro's.— Leah Rozen

2 US slang

a : a male friend hanging out with his bros One quirky edge the Olympics haven't yet sanded away is the habit of extreme athletes to stick together. Like, no matter where we're from, we're all bros. That kind of thing.— Devin Gordon et al.
b used as a friendly way of addressing a man or boy Hey, bro, what's up?Catch you later, bro.
c : a young male who is part of a group of similar male friends stereotypically characterized as hearty, athletic, self-confident, party-loving, etc. The recent season of "Project Greenlight," on HBO, made explicit how resistant to race talk Hollywood can be, a stifling culture of bros bonding with mirror versions of themselves.— Emily Nussbaum These were nerds who could pass for bros on a dorm-room sofa …— Ben McGrath often used before another noun It's the continuation of the bro culture. In my experience, in this world right now, white guys have an advantage. In their training, they've been given access and tools that I haven't. White men get behind each other and empower themselves.— Tanya Holland

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Rich suggested Armstrong to HBO for a project called The Imperialist, about two 20-something American bros who open a coffee plantation in Africa. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Media, Money and Murdochs: How 'Succession' Became the Perfect Show for the Trump Era," 31 July 2019 Hong seemed to know most of the other folks seated at the counter, bantering with some bros from the upstairs co-working space while seemingly simultaneously handling the rice, slicing the day’s fish, and ringing up to-go bento-box orders. Julia Kramer, Bon Appétit, "This 8-Seat Hand Roll Counter in Seattle Is My Lunchtime Happy Place," 9 July 2019 Vaping is a blot on the city’s progressive self image, associated more with tech bros than with hippies. James P. Sutton, National Review, "San Francisco’s Vaping Ban Threatens to Push Teens Back Toward Cigarettes," 4 July 2019 Beck sympathizes with him and offers lots of older-bro advice. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 28 June 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room — headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) — live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "In ‘Late Night,’ Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling deliver wit and surprising sweetness," 13 June 2019 Can the German company pull it off again with tech bros in 2019? Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The Ultimate Scooting Machine," 29 May 2019 After years of fearing carbs, Silicon Valley is in love with bread — and, of course, tech bros are disrupting the 6,000-year-old craft of making dough. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 Powell has made a name for himself by weaponizing his all-American frat-boy appeal in order to deftly skewer some of cinema’s most obnoxious bro tropes. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Set It Up’s Glen Powell Invites You to “Netflix and Chill” with His New Rom-Com," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of bro

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bro

by alteration

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bro

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bro

US slang used as a friendly way of addressing a man or boy

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